Gambia Radio & Television Service

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Gambia Radio & Television Service
Type Broadcast
Country Gambia
Availability National
Owner Government of Gambia

The Gambia Radio & Television Service is the national broadcaster of the West African state of the Gambia. Gambia Radio & Television Service currently broadcasts in Arabic and English.


The history of GRTS stems from the mergership of the older and more established Radio Gambia and the rather recent Television Channel.

Radio Gambia was the first media broadcaster in the Gambia, opened in 1962.[1] Its historical base is Bakau (a town in the Gambia).

In December 1995, GRTS was commissioned by the Gambian government which began test transmissions under the Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel). In 1996, it adopted its own television channel. The Station operates as a public service station based on the tradition of Radio Gambia. The Station's programmes are mostly news, public service announcements, education, entertainment and religious related (Islam and Christianity only, mostly Islam and nothing on Traditional African religion).[2]


In 2010, the Station was awarded the National Order of the Republic of the Gambia with the rank of "Commander" (CRG).[3]


  1. ^ Joof, Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham, "The calendar of historical events in the Gambia, 1455 - 1995", p 13, (2003)
  2. ^ GRTS : Official Site
  3. ^ The Daily Observer : National Award recipients approved

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